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Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

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Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

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  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

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  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
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    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.

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HUTCHISON, KAY BAILEY, Republican Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $19,444.54

Average cost per trip - $2,160.50
Total number of days spent traveling - 21 days
Rank of representative - 307 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Vinson & Elkins, Houston, Texas
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - speak to firm's women's seminar
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,582.00
Lodging Cost - $990.00
Meal Cost - $174.24
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,746.24

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - George C. Marshall Foundation
Dates - March 8, 2002 - March 8, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Remarks at George C. Marshal Foundation Award Reception and Dinner honoring President George Herbert Walker Bush
Notes - Indicates amounts are estimates.

Travel Cost - $1,451.50
Lodging Cost - $173.77
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,625.27

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 15, 2002 - August 21, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. -Russian Relations
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,362.20
Lodging Cost - $1,676.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,838.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Dates - June 20, 2003 - June 21, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - Attend the AEI World Forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,746.50
Lodging Cost - $185.00
Meal Cost - $89.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,020.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Kincaid School, Houston, TX
Dates - May 23, 2003 - May 23, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - Serve as commencement speaker for The Kincaid School graduation
Notes - dependent accompanied. Dulles - Houston - Dallas

Travel Cost - $3,093.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,093.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Northrop Grumman
Dates - July 18, 2003 - July 18, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Serve as sponsor for the christening of the USS San Antonio
Notes - Spouse attended

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $275.33
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $275.33

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute Inc
Dates - November 29, 2004 - December 1, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Irvington, VA

Purpose - Bicameral Leadership Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $339.00
Meal Cost - $437.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $776.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute Inc
Dates - January 27, 2005 - January 28, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bicameral Congressional Retreat.
Notes - Greenbrier

Travel Cost - $184.00
Lodging Cost - $636.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $820.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lasker Foundation
Dates - September 23, 2005 - September 23, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To make remarks at the 60th Anniversary Lasker Awards Program
Notes -

Travel Cost - $250.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $250.00

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

Recent Posts

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

    New York teacher Kevin Glynn was once a big fan of the Common Core, but he says the standardized testing that's come along with it is reducing students to test scores and narrowing what gets taught in schools.
  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.